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  • Writer's pictureAna Kieu

Stars Eliminate the Wild With 4-1 Win in Game 6

Updated: Apr 30

Photo Credit: @DallasStars

The Dallas Stars had a chance to close out the first-round series against the Minnesota Wild on Friday night, and they did. The Stars defeated the Wild 4-1 in Game 6 at the Xcel Energy Center and won the series 4-2. Stars goaltender Jake Oettinger made 22 saves for a win. The Stars' starting lineup consisted of Jani Hakanpää, Jason Robertson, Esa Lindell, Roope Hintz, Tyler Seguin, and Jake Oettinger. Thanks to size, speed, and shot, Hintz has shown the Stars he's built for the playoffs. The Stars got on the board first. Roope Hintz beat Filip Gustavsson for a 1-0 lead at 6:22 of the first period. Tyler Seguin and Jason Robertson collected the assists on Hintz's fifth of the postseason. The Stars led 1-0 after the first period. Dallas and Minnesota tied in shots 8-8. The second period went to the Stars. Wyatt Johnston doubled the Stars' lead to 2-0 at 13:37 of the second period. Johnston buried a feed from Evgenii Dadonov for his first career Stanley Cup Playoffs goal. Ryan Suter collected the other assist. Mason Marchment buried a breakaway to make it 3-0 Stars with just 0.5 seconds left in the second period. Max Domi collected the lone assist on Marchment's first of the postseason. The Stars led 3-0 after the second period. Dallas outshot Minnesota 26-13. Wild head coach Dean Evason pulled Filip Gustavsson after 40 minutes. Gustavsson, who finished with 23 saves on 26 shots, was replaced by Marc-Andre Fleury. Frederick Gaudreau gave the Wild some life in the third period with a tally in tight. Gustav Nyquist and Jake Middleton collected the assists on Gaudreau's third of the postseason. The Wild trailed 3-1 at 12:53 of the third period. The Wild pulled their goalie for an extra attacker late in the third period. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped all six shots he faced in 15:44. Max Domi added an empty-net goal to extend the Stars' lead to 4-1 with 57 seconds left in regulation. Mason Marchment collected the assist on Domi's first of the postseason. Notes The Stars traveled to St. Paul, Minnesota, on Thursday. Joe Pavelski practiced and traveled with the team on Thursday. Pavelski took a massive hit from Matt Dumba in Game 1. He was unavailable on Friday, according to Luke Glendening celebrated his 34th birthday on Friday. Glendening was born on April 28, 1989. Minnesota Vikings tight end T.J. Hockenson was in attendance. Up Next The Stars await their second-round opponent.

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